PATNA: Contractual doctors in state government hospitals can now continue in their job till the age of 67 years.
The state cabinet on Wednesday approved a health department’s proposal to increase the retirement age of contractual doctors from 65 to 67 years, on the pattern of regular government doctors.
In another decision, the state cabinet gave its nod to upgrade Guru Gobind Singh (GGS) subdivisional hospital at Patna City to a full-fledged sadar hospital.
Out of total 38 districts in the state, only Patna and Darbhanga districts did not have any district-level sadar hospital. “The health department has already sanctioned a 100-bed district hospital for Darbhanga,” principal secretary (health) Sanjay Kumar told TOI after the cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
The cabinet also approved a proposal of urban development and housing department to distribute a total sum of Rs1028.72 crore (of 5th State Finance Commission) as grant-in-aid among 141 functional urban local bodies of the state for expenditure.
The home (special) department’s proposal to enhance financial assistance to the surrendered Left-wing extremists was also cleared. The surrendered Left-wing extremists, who had been members of their organization’s central committee, will now get an immediate grant of Rs5 lakh each against Rs2.5 lakh earlier, and a monthly stipend of Rs6,000 in place of Rs4,000 earlier, besides other benefits.
Similarly, the surrendered Left-wing extremists who had been zonal commanders in their organizations will get an immediate grant of Rs2.5 lakh each against Rs1.5 lakh earlier, and a monthly stipend of Rs6,000 in place of Rs4,000, besides other benefits.
The state cabinet also approved a road construction department’s proposal to give administrative approval for construction of 864km of rural roads and a 148-metre-long bridge in extremism-hit Aurangabad, Gaya, Jamui, Banka and Muzaffarpur districts at the expenditure of Rs1,228.83 crore under the Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism Affected Areas, which is vertical under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.
A sum of Rs49.38 crore was sanctioned for the construction and widening of a 20.5km-long Rasalpur-Bajpattin-Garha road in Siramarhi district. The cabinet also approved a disaster management department’s proposal to create 571 additional posts of different ranks for the state disaster response force (SDRF). The new posts will be in addition to existing 1,157 sanctioned posts in the SDRF.
A total of 17 proposals of different departments were approved at the cabinet meeting.